Gino’s East started serving their deep dish pizzas in 1966, when the original pizzeria opened in Chicago. Their signature deep-dish pizzas quickly became the favorite of local Chicagoans, and before long that popularity extended to all manner of celebrities, politicians, and world travelers who would stop by Gino’s any time they were in Chicago.
Gino’s East has a history nearly 50 years in the making, but their famous deep-dish pizza tastes the same as it did back then. Each pizza is made by hand, featuring with a secret, golden crust, fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh ingredients, and served in well-seasoned pans.
Luckily, us Texans don’t have to travel far to enjoy some of Chicago’s best pizza. Austin’s own ATX Brands has fueled a Gino’s East’s expansion across Texas, with ﬁve locations expected to open within the coming year. ATX Brands Founder and CEO Doug Guller opened the Austin location in June of 2015, taking over the former Parish Underground space at 214 East 6th Street.
Along with classic Gino’s pies, the Austin menu features Texas-themed dishes like the BBQ Brisket Za, featuring BBQ brisket, caramelized onions, and roasted sweet peppers. If you stop by Gino’s East and have a flair for the spicy, you’re going to want to try the Chicago Fire. It’s a hot & spicy patty-style sausage pizza, complete with fire roasted red peppers and red onions. Another hot item is the spicy pepperoni on top of the Diavola, complimented with mozzarella, basil, and white truffle oil.
“Gino’s East is considered by many to have the best deep dish pizza in America, and I thought Texans would get excited about having Gino’s as an option now,” says Guller.
In terms of interior, Gino’s East keeps it old-school. It’s an ambiance that harks back to a time when the local pizzeria was a meeting place for all shapes and sizes. Basically, it’s a salt of the earth pizza joint. The cozy, family-style booths, dim lighting, and laid-back atmosphere make this restaurant the kind of place you can call home.All of the restaurants will incorporate signature design elements including the iconic graffiti walls that will be integrated into all of the Texas locations.
Along with hearty, Chicago-style pizzas guests can enjoy a variety of craft beer (in both Austin and Chicago varieties), plus cocktails, wine, plus salads, sandwiches, and Italian comfort fare. The restaurant also features multiple big screens to watch the big games. It’s the perfect one-stop shop on 6th Street for eats, drinks, sports, and more.
“As soon as I tasted Gino’s East, I knew it was a concept that would work great here. I am so excited that this is a dream that turned into a reality,” says Guller.
This is Gino’s fifth location in Texas, including Dallas, Arlington, San Antonio, and Houston. These branches are helmed by Doug Guller and his ATX Brands group, which includes Parish, Pelon’s, and the Scoot Inn. Gino’s East is planning on opening their second San Antonio location soon, and a second Gino’s in DFW in September.”
We are excited to have Gino’s East as Do512’s Restaurant of the Week! Be sure to enter to win a $25 gift card to try out this delicious pizza for yourself! For more on Gino’s, visit ginoseast.com and Facebook.com/GinosEast.